Welcome! This web site is dedicated to providing students and scholars alike with an information hub for existing Canadian hate crime literature. According to Dr. Barbara Perry, professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, “Hate crimes are a direct threat to the basic principles of Canadian multiculturalism. They represent significant obstacles to the ability or willingness of affected communities to engage in civic culture. Consequently, hate crime violates our commitment to human dignity and equity.” It is because of the truth in this statement that all efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the nature, extent, and impact of hate crime in Canada must be strengthened and accelerated. This web site represents an attempt to do just that and is part of Dr. Perry’s mission to fill the void in Canadian scholarship.
One can navigate through the links on this site to find summaries of books, academic papers, conference proceedings, and organization and government reports that have addressed the issue of hate crime in Canada. Additional sections provide information about national and international anti-hate crime organizations that commit themselves to challenging the injustices of hate crime through education and action. Authored by Dr. Perry’s research assistants, Lindsay Bandini, Jaclyn T. San Antonio, and Karen Demers, the information on this web site provides readers with a foundation of resources on which to build their understanding of hate crime. It is the goal of this project, however, that the collection of resources be utilized as a springboard to launch even greater educational journeys into the notion of hate crime. If we ascribe any value to the notions of multiculturalism, justice, and human dignity, then we must acknowledge the importance of hate crime as a neglected issue that warrants immediate and critical academic attention.